The defense showed their dominance as junior linebacker Kyle Voss had 11 tackles including 2.5 for a loss. In total, the Buffaloes defense had eight tackles for losses and one sack.
“Defense made tremendous plays on a short field as our punting game was not performing up to par,” Head Coach Don Carthel said, “This was a great showing of courage and determination to keep points off the board.”
The defense would make it a 25-3 game, as junior defensive back Curtis Slater intercepted a pass from junior Angelo State quarterback Blake Hamblin 85 yards for a touchdown. The following drive, Slater made it an encore by picking off Hamblin again for another 39 yards.
“Curtis is so smart and such a veteran and he is sneaky when it comes to making interceptions and big plays,” Carthel said, “He showed all conference capabilities throughout the entire game.”
The Buffaloes only had 66 more total offensive yards than Angelo State. It would be enough though, as junior quarterback Dustin Vaughan would have 236 passing yards, three touchdowns and a lone pick (only his third of the season). Junior wide receiver Torrence Allen would add to his team-high yards and touchdowns with another 67 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Khiry Robinson rushed for a season-high 149 yards.
Although it only produced nine points, the offense of Angelo State didn’t have a problem moving the ball early in the game. Hamblin was 23-52 for 264 yards a touchdown and had two costly picks to Slater.
The win is the Buffaloes’ fifth-straight win as they head into next Saturday’s Homecoming game against arguably their biggest rival, Abilene Christian University.
“Get ready for our most heated rivalry,” Carthel said, “They are 5-4 against the Buffs since we took over back in 2005.”